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Our Gender Reveal for Speedy Thiede #2

Our Gender Reveal for Speedy Thiede #2

Our Family Celebration

Brendon and I found out the gender of “Speedy Thiede” at our 20 week ultrasound, and then, we planned a silly string fight for the kids the next day to reveal it to them. The silly string would either be blue or pink coming out of the guns. I really like the silly string option because it gave the kids a fun activity and took some of the focus on any mixed emotions about the gender (my step-daughter REALLY wanted a girl).

We had purchased a box of silly string with 12 canisters of silly string and 2 silly string guns. So, the kids were able to cover our yard with silly string and make silly string balls long after the blue or pink reveal. It was a ton of fun and not that terrible to clean up, especially since we did it in the yard.

It’s a Boy!

We are so excited that Noah will get a little buddy. The two will be sharing a room and will be two years apart. It should be a ton of fun. Of course, we already have all the boy stuff!

We are a very active, outdoorsy family so it really works for us. We are constantly biking, running, or doing something! I am looking forward to getting good at planning family Lego and Star Wars nights. Finally, my personality is more the throw my hair up and get messy. I am far from a girly girl. I don’t gravitate to shopping, doing elaborate makeup, or curling my hair. Those things aren’t bad, they just aren’t me. I do follow tutorials on how to do your hair in cute buns in a matter of minutes though :).

Plus, I can’t wait to cook for two hungry boys honestly. I know they are going to be active, growing, and human garbage disposals. Hopefully, this boy will be a good eater like Noah (eat pretty much everything). So, it will be fun to make new recipes for them, watch them enjoy their food, and know they are getting good nutrition to grow. It’s a good feeling as a mom.

The Menu of Our Gender Reveal

Brynn loves breakfast for dinner. So, we planned a menu around that for our gender reveal night, and I figured we had some fruit options that would make some easy blue and pink foods. We found out a few weeks ago that Brynn has a high egg  sensitivity so everything had to be egg free as well.

Egg-Free Blueberry Stuffed French Toast (Team Blue)

French Toast

Ingredients
  • Vegan French Toast Batter Mix from this recipe
  • Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread
  • Ghee or coconut oil for coating the pan
Directions
  1. In a blender, place the banana, milk, cinnamon, all-spice, and vanilla in a blender for the french toast batter. I personally chose full-fat coconut milk to make a nice thick batter.
  2. Pour the batter into a baking dish and dip the bread into the batter. Let it soak with both sides covered for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Heat your griddle to medium-low heat, and coat the pan with ghee or coconut oil. The banana french toast batter burns a lot easier than the regular egg batter. So, be careful.
  4. Place soaked pieces of bread on the griddle, and cook each side until you see a golden brown color.
  5. Pull the french toast off the griddle, and place it on a baking sheet to stay warm in the oven. The oven should be set to its lowest temperature (Mine is 170 F).

French Toast Filling

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 oz organic cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Directions
  1. Measure ingredients, and add them to a food processor or mixer.
  2. Pulse the mixture until it is mixed together, but try and maintain some texture of the blueberries (unless you would like a smooth consistency).
  3. Take one piece of the french toast, and cover it with a thick layer of the filling. Then, place another piece of french toast on top. Serve warm.

Strawberry Banana Smoothies (Team Pink)

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 TBSP collagen protein powder
Directions
  1. Measure, and add ingredients to the blender.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth.
  3. Taste a little with a spoon to see if you need to modify the flavors.
  4. Check to see if you like the thickness of the smoothie.
  5. Pour into glasses with blue and pink straws.
My Guest Post on Real Food RN: Foods for Babies and Young Children That Are Critical for Their Development

My Guest Post on Real Food RN: Foods for Babies and Young Children That Are Critical for Their Development

Most Nutrient Dense Foods for Babies and Children

Check out my guest blog on Real Food RN’s blog about the top foods for babies & young children that are critical for their development. It was so fun to work with Kate on this!

 

Getting kids real, NUTRIENT DENSE food is my absolute passion, and I wake up every day looking for more ideas to share with others to make it so our little ones can thrive AND enjoy delicious food!

Enjoy!

Egg-Free School Treats

Egg-Free School Treats

Navigating the Real World When Your Child Has a Food Sensitivity

When we received Brynn’s food sensitivity test results, we were shocked at first that eggs were the culprit. But thankfully, she had such a positive attitude, and everyone was on board with eliminating eggs from her diet.

On top of eliminating eggs from her homes, it is important to communicate to her school and family members that we would like her to avoid eggs. For school, I thought it was important to send some egg-free treats for her to have during holidays and on birthdays so that she gets to feel special and a part of the celebration as well.

Shopping at the Store

When I went to my local grocery store, Kroger, I was looking for easy options, I could just grab easily at the store and feel good about her eating. Since I found these at my regular store in the natural section, I would hope that these are options that most people can find at their grocery store as well.

If you have the time, I am sure you could find even more options at a specialty health grocery store like Better Health, Fresh Thyme, or Whole Foods. For me, these are slightly more of a time commitment to get to, especially with kids. I also have a Thrive Membership that has great options, but I wanted to see what I could get at that moment since her school needed them the next day.

On top of finding egg-free options, I wanted healthier treats that were generally refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and preservative free.

Options for School Treats

  • Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • J. Luehder’s Vegan Gummy Soft Candies
  • The Complete Cookie in flavors peanut butter, snickerdoodle, and chocolate chip
  • Nature’s Bakery Brownies
  • Cocomel’s Caramels

As she reviews each one, I will come back here and post an update.

Egg-Free Ice Cream

While I was at the store, I also picked up some Coconut Bliss coconut ice cream to have for dessert that night. In these early days of knowing about her food sensitivity, I wanted to show her that she can still have delicious treats and snacks without feeling deprived and while healing her body. Plus, ice cream sounded really good.

She really liked the vanilla and chocolate peanut butter flavors. Noah and I really liked the chocolate peanut butter, and Brendon loved the dark chocolate ice cream.

Can’t wait to find more options for her to try!

 

Baby Salmon Burgers (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Baby Salmon Burgers (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Special Baby Bear Bites

Of all the recipes I have made thus far, this one has a special place in my heart. When my son’s daycare told me that I should switch from purees to finger foods once he got teeth, I honestly panicked a little.

First of all, I had made batches of purees that I still had in my deep freezer, and how was I going to slip in all the sacred foods to his diet like with the purees? It was so easy to mix in healthy fats and collagen with the purees. Now, I needed a new plan and new recipes. Plus, I needed to use up the purees. Thus, my baby burgers were created.

I love this bites because they are such a great way to get salmon into Noah. He loves salmon, and it is so rich in omega 3s, iodine, vitamin D, and protein.

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 cup cauliflower (steamed)
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 2 pastured eggs (if your child has a sensitivity to egg whites you can use 4 yolks) or two gelatin eggs*
  • 3 TBSP preservative-free mayo
  • 3 TSBP coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic power
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

Directions

  1. Chop and steam cauliflower. Once, the water is boiling in the steamer, let it steam for 7-10 minutes.
  2. Cook salmon in oven at 350◦F for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower and salmon to blend, and pulse.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender, and mix.
  5. Scoop mixture into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag, and cut the tip off one of the bottom corners.
  6. Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  7. Pipe little patties that are the size between and dime and a nickel on the mat.
  8. Bake the patties for 5-10 minutes at 350◦F. When, they come out of oven, they should feel like they are set and will stay together. They may also have gained a slightly golden color.
  9. Let the patties cool at room temperature, and then, place the baking pan with the patties still on it into the freezer. This allows the patties to individually freeze so they won’t stick together.
  10. Once frozen, place the patties into a storage bag, label with the date and description, and place back in the freezer.

*To Make Gelatin Egg

You may choose to use collagen eggs instead of chicken eggs in the case that your child has an egg allergy or sensitivity. Collagen is also a great source of protein to build strong bones, hair, skin, and nails. Plus, it has gut healing properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP pasture-raised gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Dissolve gelatin into the water.
  2. Let sit or bloom for 5 minutes.

 

Baby Beef and Liver Burgers (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Baby Beef and Liver Burgers (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Baby Bear Bites

Liver is so rich in nutrients. It is rich in vitamin A, choline, folate, vitamin C, and iron, Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking babies don’t need as much of certain nutrients because they are smaller, but kids need nutrient density EVEN MORE than adults because they are growing so much.

However, not everyone is such a huge fan of the taste. I wanted to find ways to sneak in liver to Noah’s diet. I wanted to find a way that he would realistically eat it. So, I created recipes like these bites to hide it.

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb grass-fed beef
  • 1/4 lb grass-fed burgers
  • 1 cup sweet potato
  • 2 pasture-raised eggs or 2 gelatin eggs*

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Put liver in blender, and puree.
  3. Peel, and dice your sweet potato. Steam it for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the ingredients to the blend, and puree until fairly smooth.
  5. Scoop mixture into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag and cut the tip off one of the bottom corners.
  6. Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  7. Pipe little patties that are the size between and dime and a nickel on the mat.
  8. Bake the patties for 5-10 minutes at 350 F.
  9. Let the patties cool at room temperature, and then, place the baking pan with the patties still on it into the freezer. This allows the patties to individually freeze so they won’t stick together.
  10. Once frozen, place the patties into a storage bag, label with the date and description, and place back in the freezer.

*To Make Gelatin Egg

You may choose to use collagen eggs instead of chicken eggs in the case that your child has an egg allergy or sensitivity. Collagen is also a great source of protein to build strong bones, hair, skin, and nails. Plus, it has gut healing properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP pasture-raised gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Dissolve gelatin into the water.
  2. Let sit or bloom for 5 minutes.
Baby Tuna Patties (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Baby Tuna Patties (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Seafood Baby Bear Bites

My boy loves seafood! So, I had to make varieties of my baby burgers to make sure he was getting an array of nutrients. Tuna is a great source of selenium, niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin D, phosphorus, and iodine.

tunapattie

Ingredients

  • 2-6 oz cans sustainable tuna (packed in water)
  • 2 TBSP preservative-free mayo (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 2 pasture-raised eggs or two gelatin eggs*
  • 3/4 cup cauliflower
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Boil a pot of water on the stove.
  2. Chop the cauliflower off the stalk into large chunks.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the cauliflower to the pot.
  4. Boil the cauliflower for 5- 10 minutes. It is done when you can easily stick a fork into one of the pieces.
  5. Drain cauliflower and add it to the food processor. Process in food processor until it is a rice consistency. This should be about 20-30 pulses.
  6. Open tuna cans and drain excess liquid.
  7. Add tuna, mayo, eggs, salt and pepper to the food processor, and pulse until blended.
  8. Place mixture into a large Ziploc bag and snip one of the bottom ends. The cut should be about a 1/2 long.
  9. Pipe small patties onto a lined baking sheet.You can either line your pan with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. As you pipe out little patties, you will probably need to use your finger to separate the patty from the rest of the mixture still left in the bag. Each patty should end up being between 1/2 to 1 tsp big.
  10. Bake at 350◦F for 10 minutes.

*To Make Gelatin Egg

You may choose to use collagen eggs instead of chicken eggs in the case that your child has an egg allergy or sensitivity. Collagen is also a great source of protein to build strong bones, hair, skin, and nails. Plus, it has gut healing properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP pasture-raised gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Dissolve gelatin into the water.
  2. Let sit or bloom for 5 minutes.